Raspberry Habanero Pepper Jelly

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 0 mins

I make large batches of this (by popular demand!) for Christmas baskets. You can make it as hot or mild as you like but I use at least 4 habaneros. Pour it over a block of softened cream cheese and serve with crackers; use as a glaze for ham or pork; great on a ham sandwich.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 -5 habanero peppers, deseeded and membranes removed (Be sure to wear gloves when doing this... those babies are HOT. And don't touch your eyes or mouth b)
  • 2 sweet red peppers
  • 1 sweet green pepper
  • 12 ounces frozen raspberries, defrosted and put through a food mill with fine disc
  • 2 14 cups water (**or a mixture of the raspberry juice from defrosted raspberries and water to make the total)
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 34 ounces sure-jel dry pectin (powder, not liquid)
  • 4 cups sugar


  1. Chop up peppers in a processor until they are chopped fine. Put all but ¼ cup peppers in a saucepan with raspberries and water. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook 15 minutes. Press through a sieve or a jelly bag. You should have 2 cups prepared juice. (Sometimes I have more juice than needed so I freeze it for another batch).
  2. Return juice to a clean pot. Add vinegar and reserved chopped peppers. Cool 15 minutes.
  3. Add pectin. Bring to a boil; add sugar. Bring back to a boil and boil hard for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; skim foam.
  4. Ladle into hot ½ pint jars leaving 1/8” headspace.
  5. Seal; process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes (for 4 oz. jars).
  6. Note: jelly might be liquidy at first, but gels over the next 1 or 2 days.
  7. I usually get anywhere from 10-12 of the 4 oz. jars.
Most Helpful

Super easy and great tasting!! I have made this recipe a few times now and I typically get 10-11 4oz jars, I always use 5-6 Habaneros and it is not overwhelming hot. The only change I've made is not reserving the 1/4 cup of the chopped peppers - that way you do not have pepper bits in the final product, this makes the jelly a beautiful clear ruby color - perfect for the Holidays!

ssvinky November 10, 2010

I did not drain the juice for my take on this recipe. I kept the fruit and juice together and it worked perfectly for a habanero raspberry jelly/jam. We love this recipe so much and it can be used in so many dishes. Trying chicken wings with this added to a glaze next! Thanks for a great recipe!

kpetwi September 26, 2013

Oh my, I had NO idea how HOT those Habinaros are, I'm used to working with jalapenos. Made this exactly as directed even using the 4 peppers and it turned out so pretty, clear, bright ruby color with just a few flecks of pepper in it as I had to strain with a metal strainer as that's all I had. It's very hot with a sweet background and I think folks that like spicy are going to love this once the heat is tamed a little with cream cheese. I can tell I'll be making this often but will probably cut the peppers back to 2 for wimps like me. Glad you told me about using gloves while working with the peppers.

Bonnie G #2 April 07, 2013